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EBRD publishes the 2012 Sustainability Report

This week at the EBRD Annual Meeting the Bank launched its 10th Sustainability Report .The report looks back at sustainability-related successes and challenges from 2012 across a wide range of issues, including climate change, water and sanitation, gender, nuclear safety, public consultation, policy development and many others.… Read more

Local content requirements for renewable energy: an unnecessary evil

Windfarm in Bratislava at sunsetSome EBRD countries of operation have recently introduced local content requirements (LCR) into their renewable energy support systems. In Ukraine, an increasing share of a renewable projects cost has to be sourced domestically to be eligible for feed-in tariffs (FIT). Turkey offers a FIT premium in proportion to the local content in the renewable generation assets, although the law is not implemented due to the lack of secondary regulations and pressure from investors.… Read more

tve biomovies 2012 finalists announced

The finalist films for tve biomovies 2012 have now been posted on YouTube. The films in each of the five categories with the most views after 10 January 2013 will win a US$1500 prize.

This year the EBRD prize category was Women and Climate Change.… Read more

EBRD announces first €10 billion in sustainable energy investments

The climate change debate is in the headlines again. In Istanbul, the Climate Investment Funds partnership forum – organised by the World Bank and co-hosted by the EBRD – gathers 6-7 November to discuss ways to stimulate investment in green energy.Read more

Going solar – Clean Technology Fund supports EBRD solar investment in Ukraine

First Solar  Power plant in UkraineMuch has been written and said about Ukraine’s high energy intensity and the lack of sustainable energy initiatives in the country, and it remains one of the most energy-intensive countries in the region. The EBRD has been addressing these issues actively by implementing projects and introducing new energy efficiency solutions, working in all sectors of the economy, with great success.… Read more

Biomovies 2012: inspiring change

In 2011 the EBRD proudly sponsored part of the TVE Biomovies competition, which invited film-makers to tackle environmental themes. Thousands of applicants created compelling, attention-grabbing short films on a range of topics.

This year sees a new set of themes for entrants to cover, including ‘Women and climate change’, which is EBRD-sponsored.… Read more

Actively Seeking Public Input: The EBRD’s Draft Mining Strategy

For over three years, the Bank has made an exhaustive effort to seek and receive comment from a broad range of stakeholders on all aspects of its draft Mining Strategy. 

This was a process which started back in April 2009 when the components of a future mining strategy were first broached with civil society organisations. … Read more

Mongolia’s bid to dodge the resource curse through green power

As Mongolia goes to the polls for parliamentary elections the country – remote, still largely unknown, the most sparsely populated on Earth – is enjoying a rapid and well documented boom as it begins to exploit its vast mineral wealth. “We want to be Chile” – this is the mantra of many Mongolians.… Read more

Delivering investments in sustainable energy

EBRD hosts high-level policy debate in Brussels

As world leaders gathered for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in Brazil to address environmental destruction and act to end poverty, the European Union held its own Sustainable Energy week (EUSEW) from 18-22 June.… Read more

June 26 / 2012

Rio+20: what we learned

On Thursday night the heavens opened and a spectacular thunder storm descended on Rio, causing some to wonder if the gods were giving their verdict on what the political leaders had agreed. For the EBRD delegation Thursday was another of stimulating seminars and meetings.Read more